The Camden Public Library was recently awarded a $1,000 prize from the History Channel for its Maritime Month programming earlier this year.

The History Channel’s library contest was connected with its 12-part series “America the Story of Us.” The series was accompanied by the largest education outreach effort in the network’s history. Organized with the Institute of Museum and Library Services and the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, the Library Outreach Contest encouraged libraries large and small to create themed exhibits, media projects and public programming about the role their community played in the broader national story. Open to all libraries nationwide, the contest awarded a total of $35,000 in prizes to 13 libraries. The library contest criteria included the relevance of the exhibit to American history, the effectiveness of the exhibit or media project overall, and outreach about the projects to local communities.

“The winners are a testament to the power of libraries to connect communities to the American story,” said Marsha L. Semmel, acting director of the Institute of Museum and Library Services. “The rich diversity of the projects is impressive. And we are particularly delighted to see so many small libraries answer this call in a big way.┬áCongratulations to all.”

Maritime Month has become an annual theme at the library, featuring a series of speakers, a photography exhibit from the Penobscot Marine Museum, outreach programs to the grade school, and other aspects of maritime issues, historical and current.